To Be Healthy or Not to Be Healthy

It behooves us as humans to do the best we can to maintain a body of good health, regardless of which stage of life we’re in.  Yet, when we near the end of our lives, many people stop trying to keep their health.  It can be for many reasons.  One reason is that the time and effort to keep one’s best health is now used to finish up remaining soul work within the soul’s relationships.  In other words, the health the soul is seeking is “relationship health” rather than bodily health.

Another reason, though, is that the soul simply doesn’t seek to bother.  There may be  half-hearted attempts to look like they’re wanting to be healthy, but those attempts are not grounded in a true desire to be healthy.  The soul takes what comes.

Unfortunately, there is a difference.  One is based on the soul consciousness making best use of it’s time and energy, and the other is the soul’s not bothering with much effort, including effort towards “relationship health”.

But, what isn’t realized is that we are alive, still, even when nearing the end of our lives, for real soul reasons.  We have soul work to do (or rather opportunities to do the soul work) even at the end of our lives, and at the soul level, want to accomplish specific things in the remaining time of our life.  In almost all cases, our remaining work has to do with relationships with the people who have been in our lives.  For the most part, in reality, all of our soul work throughout our entire life has to do with relationships.  Our remaining years, months, days or minutes are no different.

In general, we can accomplish these things with a healthy body and move on quickly, without lengthening the dying process because of unfinished soul work.  However, we can let our bodies become unhealthy during the process, and spend our last few years in a long illness or a nursing home being cared for, and thus stretching out the dying process into several years, because we can only accomplish our relationship work in rare times that visits happen.

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There was once a man who supported running as a way of staying fit and healthy.  He was healthy, and he accomplished a lot during those years of touting the benefits of running.  He died of a heart-attack and was gone immediately.  He finished his soul work, and left immediately at what we consider a young age.

I mention this to show a point.  As surprising as this is to say, death doesn’t occur just because the body can no longer function.  More often than not, it occurs because the spirit/person is finished with their soul work, and they choose to leave.  Regardless of whether the body is healthy or not healthy, when the spirit decides to leave the Earth – and the body – the body stops working.  Immediately.

However, with a neglected body or unhealthy body, many times, the spirit must hang around – for many years, sometimes – in order to finish their work – but living in circumstances and surroundings that must keep the body functioning until the spirit is finished – in long illnesses, or even nursing homes.

Even if we keep an unhealthy body, we still have work that we’re trying to accomplish.  If  it’s possible to accomplish this work only within the arena of the relationships, we’ll hang on with long illnesses or in nursing homes to do it.  Again, in general, the soul’s work – relationship work – is paramount to anything else, because relationships are what life, love and spiritual growth are all about.

Coming from the other direction, if we keep a healthy body, when we’re finished with the soul work we want to accomplish, nothing will keep the body functioning when the soul consciousness decides it’s time to go.  This is again true, because the soul’s work is paramount to anything else and central to the decision.

The bottom line and the real question are not whether we go quickly or go slowly, but if we go with the relationships as our primary focus.  When we decide as a soul, at the soul consciousness level, to leave this world for the next, will those that we leave behind know, through our actions and not just words, from within our relationship with them,  that they were loved?

“Astral City: A Spiritual Journey”

I’ve had requests for the title of the movie, “Astral City”, which I mentioned during a recent retreat/conference at which I attended and spoke.  It chronicles the experiences of Andre Luiz, after his death, and also parallels Echo Bodine’s Out-of-Body experience which she writes of in her book, “Echoes of the Soul”.

The movie is taken from the book of the same name written in 1944 by Francisco Cândido Xavier.  The Wikipedia link:  Astral_City:_A_Spiritual_Journey.  The Youtube preview: Astral City: A Spiritual Journey.

I do recommend watching it.

PS. and thanks to Wagner Godoy (in the comments) for the link to the English translation that is free of charge to download: http://www.spiritist.com/arquivo/books/eng/AstralCity.pdf